The two presidential candidates signed a petition of the Afghan Women’s Network in the run up the second round of the Presidential Elections in Afghanistan. The final voting round will be held on Saturday June 14.
The petition highlights six policy areas and 30 recommendations for the empowerment of women and girls in Afghanistan. These areas are: Education, Health, Political Leadership, Justice & Judicial, Peace & Security and the Economy.
Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani signed the petition on June 12.
The Afghan Women’s Network (AWN), partner organization of Cordaid, stated ‘the endorsement indicates a commitment to reflect the recommendations outlined below in your action plans, policies, and commitments for your five-year term, should you be elected.’
Women’s inclusion should be considered as an integral standard of good governance, not a superficial commitment to the international community.
AWN commends the candidates ‘for not compromising the results of the election and for showing their readiness for a second round of elections in conformity with Afghan law, allowing the women and men of Afghanistan, God willing, to participate in selecting a government that best represents them.’ The Afghan women point at the ‘the momentum of progress made over the last decade must be sustained with the change of national leadership set to take place. Women’s health, education, and leadership for strengthening governance should be a priority. Women’s inclusion should be considered as an integral standard of good governance, not a superficial commitment to the international community.’
Read the full petition with 30 recommendations here (in English).